Alpine Arts Center in Edwards hosts annual Artists’ Holiday Market |

Alpine Arts Center in Edwards hosts annual Artists’ Holiday Market

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Alpine Arts Center in Edwards hosts its annual artists' holiday market Friday through Sunday. Expect a number of returning booths from the 2012 market (pictured) in addition to other great new additions this year.

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What: Fourth annual Artists’ Holiday Market.

Where: Alpine Arts Center, Edwards.

When: Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend. Holiday party with free music and appetizers Saturday at 6 p.m.

More information: Visit or call 970-926-2732.

EDWARDS — The fourth annual Artists’ Holiday Market is set for this weekend at Alpine Arts Center, with more than 15 participating artists displaying and selling handmade holiday gifts. The Holiday Market will take place today from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Alpine Arts Center, located in the Edwards Commercial Park.

The public is invited to shop for gifts while they enjoy hot cider and cookies. Kids crafts will be offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. over the weekend. There will also be a holiday party on Saturday evening starting at 6 p.m., featuring live music by Johnny Schleper and Rob Eaton Jr., free appetizers, wine and beer available for purchase, and, of course, holiday shopping.

The Artists’ Holiday Market will include handmade pottery, paintings, jewelry, hats and scarves, home accessories, fused glass, greeting cards, handmade soaps, framed photography and more.

“Our local artists are so creative, and I am always amazed at the beautiful handmade items for sale,” said Lauren Merrill, owner of Alpine Arts Center. “I am excited to personally participate in the market this year as well and display my aspen tree vases, paintings and platters.”

Merrill said she is also looking forward to the new addition of the Saturday evening holiday party.

“We’ve never had live music at this event, but what better way to shop than with a glass of wine in your hand and a chance to see two of our great local musicians perform?” she said.

Mickey Fried is one of Alpine Arts Center’s featured artists participating.

“Snowflakes and silver are two of my passions,” he said. “For 22 years, I’ve been an artisan jeweler with my own unique line of sterling silver and glass jewelry. My fused glass snowflakes, which come in three sizes, are most unique and make a great Colorado gift. Currently, I’m specializing in the famous elephant hair bracelets, an old African tradition, making them from silver and gold. The natural beauty which surrounds me here in the Vail Valley has me in a constant state of awe with never-ending inspiration.”

Other participating artists include Ian Clark and Bianca McCarty, who will both display artwork on the gallery walls. Clark is an established local painter and McCarty is a horse and landscape photographer. In addition, a variety of handmade items will be available for purchase from artists Erin Satsky, Debbie Feeney, Sam Mizwicki, Valerie Gross, Greg Deame, Christine Heimerl, Heather Stolz, Natalee Pangrazio and David Mayer.

Alpine Arts Center will also have a less than $5 section. Alpine Arts Center will remain open for drop-in art activities throughout the weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Alpine Arts Center is located at 210 Edwards Village Blvd. A105. For more information, visit http://www.alpine or call 970-926-2732.

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